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Climate Change and Public Health

Working to ensure equitable solutions to Oregon's climate and health crises

Oregon's Climate and Health Program is working with partners to study, prevent and plan for the health effects of climate change.

    Our response to the Governor's executive order on climate change

    In March 2020, then Governor- Kate Brown issued Executive Order (EO) 20-04 directing State Agencies to take action on climate change. The EO includes a number of general directives to state agencies, as well as three directives specific to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The Climate and Health in Oregon 2020 report was our first deliverable.

    OHA submitted a letter to the Governor’s Office in response to the executive order that provides background on our climate and health program and how OHA plans to respond to the EO’s directives to our agency. 

    Climate and Health Perspectives

    Voices of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

    This series of short videos was developed during a three-day digital storytelling workshop with members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in 2017. The pilot project explored digital storytelling as a method for building partnerships, understanding local climate impacts and raising awareness about community concerns.

    Climate change work in Oregon

    Publications and Training Materials
    Reports, plans and tools developed by our program staff and partners.

    Climate Hazards in Oregon
    Raising awareness about the climate impacts and health risks in Oregon, including resources for preparing for specific climate hazards.

    Local Health Partners
    Local health departments planning for climate change in Oregon.

    Health Equity and Social Vulnerability
    Integrating health equity considerations into climate change planning.

    Public health's role

    Learn about public health's role in addressing and reducing the impacts of climate change: